Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a soft, brittle, or unhardened shell, often the result of a recent molt.
  • n. A soft-shelled aquatic animal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a soft or fragile shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as soft-shelled.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • O'Malley imagined the blissful, narcotic innocence of Toby's world where soft-shell crabs crawled into people's mouths and hummed a happy tune as they were chewed and swallowed.

    Big Secrets

  • Also highlighted is the so-called Trefa Banquet, a controversial 1883 celebration, in Cincinnati, of Hebrew Union College's first graduating class of rabbis that featured such nonkosher delicacies as soft-shell crabs, shrimp salad, oysters and frog's legs.

    American Jews' Story Told in a New Home

  • Stealing a glance, I expected it to be brimming with position papers, state secrets, perhaps even the briefing book I'd penned on the primary — "Maryland is famous for soft-shell crabs and political corruption; not necessarily in that order," I recall it began.

    Politicos on the Home Front

  • This makes total evolutionary sense: Traditionally-built turtles (thank you, Ladies 'Detective Agency) don't need to invest resources in speed, soft-shell turtles do.

    Speedy the Turtle » E-Mail

  • Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal Guest Steven R. Knight ate the pan-seared soft-shell crab with roasted tomato polenta and arugula salad and sauce vierge at the Sofitel hotel's Ici Urban Bistro in Washington, D.C., on May 26.

    A Quick Lunch for Busy People

  • Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal Clockwise from top right, chilled English pea soup with fresh mint; Virginia red beet spring mix salad with Vermont goat cheese and truffle mousse, black olive tapenade, and red beet puree; pan-seared soft-shell crab with roasted tomato polenta and arugula salad with sauce vierge; and a raspberry tart.

    A Quick Lunch for Busy People

  • Shown, the pan-seared soft-shell crab with roasted tomato polenta, arugula salad and sauce vierge.

    A Quick Lunch for Busy People

  • • Swap shrimp tempura or soft-shell crab rolls for California or shrimp/cucumber rolls.

    The Small Change Diet

  • The soft-shell crab is very good, and you might catch a glimpse of Russell Crowe—he has an apartment nearby.

    Sydney: Autumn in Oz

  • Nau's range of soft-shell coats includes an equestrian-inspired "Riding Jacket" in which Mr. Modine is often seen.

    Easy Riders

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